Bacolod City grapples with lack of health workers amid spike in COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — Bacolod does not have enough health workers to cope with the spike in its COVID-19 cases, the city’s mayor said Friday.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said their tally of cases is now at 2,221, with 1,054 recoveries.

He cited the lack of healthcare workers to run hospitals as one of the major challenges they are facing. He did not say how many health personnel they have in the city.

“A number of our health workers are under quarantine and then a number have resigned, a number have (gone) AWOL,” he said during the Laging Handa media briefing.

Leonardia added that they are recruiting health workers but many are worried about infecting their families.

Meanwhile, he thanked the military for sending 12 healthcare workers to Bacolod City to help out in private hospitals.

Bacolod City was placed under a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine from September 8 to 30.